List of Ireland's Birds

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Although a comparatively high number of bird species have been recorded in Ireland, with over 450 species currently on the Irish list, our island biogeography means we have considerably fewer breeding birds than our nearest neighbours. Many birds are migratory and many are rare or unusual in Ireland, despite the fact that they are common residents across the Irish Sea in Britain.

The fact that Ireland has been an isolated Island for over 8,000 years means that several species, widespread in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, that do not move great distances are absent examples include: Tawny Owl, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and most woodpecker species. In addition, Ireland’s mild weather means resident birds have an advantage over visitors in terms of early breeding and choice of best habitats. Ireland has fewer habitat types than Britain and continental Europe, with fewer deciduous woodlands, Scots pine forests, heaths and high mountain ranges.

Wood Warbler

Irish Name

Ceolaire coille

Scientific name

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Bird Family

Warblers

Woodcock

Irish Name

Creabhar

Scientific name

Scolopax rusticola

Bird Family

Sandpipers

Woodpigeon

Irish Name

Colm coille

Scientific name

Columba palumbus

Bird Family

Pigeons & Doves

Wren

Irish Name

Dreolín

Scientific name

Troglodytes troglodytes

Bird Family

Wrens

Yellow-browed Warbler

Irish Name

Ceolaire buímhalach

Scientific name

Phylloscopus inornatus

Bird Family

Warblers

Yellowhammer

Irish Name

Buíóg

Scientific name

Emberiza citrinella

Bird Family

Buntings

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